In 2022 the Centre of Sporting Excellence at Cronton Sixth Form has taken a leap forward in the support of talented athletes after being accredited by the innovative Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) initiative.
This comes in the year the college is investing £6 million pound in a new Health and Well-being Centre which will offer a brand-new modern gym, sports hall and changing facilities.
By formally recognising Cronton’s commitment to supporting student-athletes, the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow young sportspeople on a talent pathway to reach their potential in education, alongside achieving success in their sport, whilst encouraging other interests and personal development. The TASS programme is available to all students across all A Level and Vocational courses at Cronton.
TASS National Director, Guy Taylor, said: “Dual career support is at the forefront of what TASS does and that’s why the Accreditation Scheme is so important for us in recognising those institutions who place precedence on their athletes’ education too.
“We hope that the academic flexibility policies put into place for the Accreditation will begin to develop an effective and lasting dual career structure within each institution”
Cronton Sixth Form College is now identifying gifted and talented students who will benefit from being on the scheme. Amongst the talent already selected are Centre of Sporting Excellence scholarship students including England Students rugby players, netballers, tennis players, swimmers, basketballers, volleyball players and footballers.
The TASS programme will help to support the academic qualifications of the student with tutors able to plan virtual support if it is needed when the student is away from home training and competing. As part of the programme Cronton sixth Form also organise mental health workshops and careers workshops for students with a focus on lifestyle, time management, goal setting, nutrition, psychology and strength and conditioning support.
Tutor Faye Gaskin is the designated Dual Career Coordinator of TASS at Cronton. Faye has competed at international and World Cup level in rugby, providing her with a full understanding of the extra demands of combining education with high-level sporting commitments for talented young athletes.
She said, “We are delighted to have been formally recognised for the support we provide to our young sportspeople at Cronton Sixth Form College. Our Centre of Sporting Excellence has always supported sports students with specialist 1:1 training support, successful sports teams and outstanding teaching and scholarships and this extra TASS Accreditation will offer the talented students even greater flexibility to succeed.”
“At Cronton we are committed to delivering an outstanding experience and do everything we can to help our student-athletes balance their sporting and academic studies, offering them a greater flexibility so they are able to reach their full potential in both.”
Cronton Sixth Form College is a part of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 600 student-athletes each year.
For any more information please contact Cronton’s TASS Lead Fay Gaskin: Faye.Gaskin@Cronton.ac.uk